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Alternative treatment offers allergy relief

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Like many allergy sufferers, Hannah Ohlin doesn't exactly look forward to this time of year. Many people have to deal with red eyes, runny noses, coughing and sneezing, but Hannah's symptoms were even worse.

"I would have breathing problems where I would start hyperventilating," Ohlin said, "I would have seizures. I would pass out a lot, just randomly out of the blue, sometimes."

You can probably tell by looking at the pollen build up on your car, this season is pretty bad. Right now, we're in a lose-lose situation.

"When it's dry outside during pollen season, we're going to have a higher pollen count," said allergy technician Patty Grabill, "When the rain comes, the rain will pull the pollen down. It'll lower it, then we'll have a higher mold count."

People have been flocking to allergists for help. Some say low dose allergen therapy is the way to go.

It's a series of shots. The first is done every eight weeks. Over time, you get them less often.

"Fifty percent of the patients can quit altogether. They have no more symptoms, the shot doesn't wear off. The other 50 percent we have to find maintenance. That can be once a year, every 18 months, even as long as 3-4 years for some people," Grabill said.

Hannah's been on the treatment for two years.

"I used to have to wear a mask whenever I'd go outside, like a doctor's mask, just to keep it filtered when I walked around. It used to be really, really bad," she said.

But now, she's breathing easy.

"There is no other type of allergy treatment out there, besides just staying away from it, that does what this type of treatment does," Grabill said, "This is a great option. It's probably one of the best options out there in my opinion."

Low dose allergen therapy isn't just for seasonal allergies. It can be tailored to tackle other types as well including animal, chemical, and food allergies.

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